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Are Fizzy Drinks Good or Bad for Your Body?

Updated on April 29, 2020
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

About Fizzy Drinks

Several years back, there were just a few fizzy drinks in the market. Today, there are a plethora of brands each having a number of varieties of these beverages. These varieties of carbonated drinks like the colas, sodas and juices made of artificial flavours and essences etc have become a fad amongst us and the youth of today.

As these beverages are chilled before consumption they no doubt give us a feeling of instant cooling but are harmful to the body in the long term. These soft drinks do not contain nutrients. Instead, they provide plain empty calories. Many types of artificial colours, essences and sugar have been added to make them attractive and palatable. These chemical additives give rise to disorders of the stomach and liver when used over a long period of time.

Read on to find why fizzy drinks are bad for you.

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Why Are Fizzy Drinks Bad For You

These drinks cause a number of health problems. Some of them are given below.

  • In Fizzy Drinks

Cola drinks are known to weaken bones due to leaching out of the calcium by the carbonated drinks. Apparently they seem to give relief from gas but in reality, they cause hyperacidity.

  • In Juices

It is not healthy to drink a lot of these juices. They contain an excessive amount of sugar which is not only harmful to the teeth but is the cause of obesity in children and adolescents.
The high content of sugar, in reality, causes dehydration by removing water from the tissues. Thus they increase thirst instead of quenching it.

  • In Energy Drinks

The craze for reaching out for energy drinks is on the rise. Even young children can be seen as getting addicted to them. The moment one feels a bit run down or tired, these drinks immediately come to mind. You can find new brands of these drinks springing up all over regularly.

Though these drinks claim to remove fatigue & tiredness and make one fit they instead cause increased excitability. In fact, no amount of chemical additives can make one fit.
Though they do make you alert, invigorated and reduce sleepiness their use has resulted in more harm than good.

Energy drinks are a mix of caffeine, the Vitamins B Complex, sugar and some herbs like guarana, ginseng etc. The main ingredient and the one that causes the boost of energy is caffeine. Though up to 200 mg of caffeine is considered safe to consume daily these drinks can contain more than this amount of caffeine in just one serving.
Not only this, some herbs like guarana and yerba mate that are included, contain caffeine themselves. As is known, excess caffeine consumption can make one jittery cause sleeplessness, palpitations, high BP, rise in heartbeat rate etc. Also, caffeine causes dehydration since it also has a diuretic action.

Though excess of B Complex intake is normally excreted as it is a water-soluble, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin B6 if consumed in excess, can cause nervous symptoms, numbness, flushing of the skin, inflammation of the liver, vision problems etc.

Guarana seed has double the amount of caffeine in a coffee bean and thus has a lot of detrimental effect due to the higher caffeine levels.

Ginseng levels are way too low to be effective. At the same time, ginseng has been reported to react detrimentally with blood-thinning drugs.

As for sugar, the maximum daily allowance of sugar, as per the American Heart Association guidelines, which are :

For Women
Maximum of 100 calories per day or 6 teaspoons or 24 grams.

For Men
Maximum of 150 calories per day or 9 teaspoons or 36 grams.

Most energy drinks contain about 13 -15 grams of sugar per 100 ml. Consumption of just 1 can of 250 ml gives you more than the daily allowance of sugar.

The excess sugar gives an instant energy boost, but it drops as suddenly as it shoots up, giving again a feeling of being low down. Also, the excess sugar comes with an unwelcome weight tag - OBESITY.

Now you know why fizzy drinks are bad for you, it is time to give some serious thought to its consumption.

Some Serious Side Effects on Health Due to Fizzy Drinks

Sodas are loaded with sugar, chemicals and have absolutely no nutrition value. As such they have serious side effects when consumed. Some of them are listed below.

  • The increased sugar content can lead one to become a diabetic. Moreover, it has been found that excess sugar can also lead to high triglycerides in the blood and therefore increase the risk of heart disease. Excess sugar acts as food for tumours hence excess sugar can lead to cancer as well. Chemicals used in colouring soda can also lead to cancers of the breast, prostate and pancreas.
  • Ingredients added to fizzy drinks increase their acid nature thereby corroding the teeth enamel and lead to tooth decay.
  • Zero nutrition and excess empty calories in them cause weight gain and obesity which has become a big problem in countries where such drinks are consumed in large quantities.
  • As calcium is leached out from bones by the phosphoric acid in these drinks such beverages cause weakening of the bones leading to increased old age bone health issues like osteoporosis and fractures.
  • Consumption of fizzy drinks causes fatty liver and hence impaired liver function which causes many other health issues.

These are but a few of the many health problems caused by fizzy drinks. It is best to avoid them.

Click the link below for some absolutely startling information. I bet you will think twice before you go for these beverages again.

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What Are The Options

Give preference to traditional drinks. Some options are :

  • Fresh lime juice to which water is added and sweetened with honey. Add ginger, black salt, mint or roasted and powdered cumin seeds for variety in taste and health benefit too.
  • Mango Panna - Video Recipe is given below.
  • Buttermilk, sweet or salted lassi (made of dairy yoghurt).
  • Fresh coconut water or Green mango Panna, both of which are excellent thirst-quenching rehydration drinks and also cool the body.

Some other alternative options, not really natural, are :

  • Cold tea.
  • Cold coffee, but in moderation, as excess caffeine will cause the side effects as already outlined.

Though all these options are good, there is nothing to beat the good old pure water.
It is thus best to give preference to pure drinking water over everything else if it is available.
The other options given here thus become secondary.

Mango Panna Recipe

Salty Lassi Recipe

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly

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    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      You are right about the tooth enamel getting dissolved in cola. Glad you appreciate the hub.

      Thanks for the read and sharing.

    • Indian Chef profile image

      Indian Chef 

      7 years ago from New Delhi India

      Rajan, A friend of mine put a pulled out tooth in a glass full of Cola and in 15 days it nearly dissolved it. If it can do this to the hardest material in world ( tooth enamel is supposed to be harder than diamond) then think what it can do to your intestine. Very useful hub on carbonated drinks. voting it up and useful and sharing.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Peggy, that's so good to hear. I had them rarely, though in the past, but since a long time have stopped them completely. Thanks for all the shares and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We rarely had sodas in our home when we were growing up. It was a very rare treat. We don't keep sodas in our home and prefer drinking water or other beverages. Up votes, sharing and pinning.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      There are a few suggestions that I've provided for replacing sodas with healthy drinks. However the importance of pure water cannot be underestimated and we must drink 8-10 glasses of water daily without fail to keep the body well flushed of toxins.

      Thanks for stopping by, moonlake.

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 

      7 years ago from America

      I gave up diet coke in Nov. I'm really having a hard time finding a replacement. I can drink just so much water and I've had enough. Interesting hub and enjoyed reading. I really didn't know soda doesn't quench thrist. Voted up.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      @ remaniki - Hi Rema, good to know you avoid these so called thirst quenchers that do not quench thirst in reality and have many unwanted effects on the body. Lassi is a great drink for summer. You should try panna too. It is very tasty and equally refreshing.

      I'm glad you liked this hub. Thanks for sharing.

      @ jennzie - Hi Jenn, Glad you know the dangers of these fizzy drinks to health. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Jenn 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Very infomative hub. I knew that these drinks could be bad for you, but didn't realize all the dangers that they posed on the body.

      Voted up!

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      Rema T V 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      Very informative hub Rajan. I am aware that these drinks should be avoided at all costs due to their high sugar content, so I keep away from them. I love Lassi and what a wonderful thirst-quencher it is and so very tasty too! I will have to try out Mango Panna very soon.

      Wonderful hub. Sharing and tweeting as always. Cheers, Rema.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Phil, in Indian restaurants it is common to serve water before the tea is brought. One drinks water before tea so that the hot tea and the tannins in it do not come into direct contact with the mucosal lining of the stomach. Also, the water dilutes the tea and this protects from acidity as well. Maybe, the water is benefiting you.

      Thanks for your feedback and votes.

      You are doing the same thing with coca cola.

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      Phil Plasma 

      8 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I generally drink one or two cups of water before I have a Coca-Cola. The water first to quench my thirst, the cola second to act as a 'snack'.

      Interesting hub, voted up and interesting.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      THEHuG5, your comments should act as a positive proof that soda does increase weight. Thank you for such useful input. I appreciate your stopping by.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      tammy, yes soda does make one thirstier than before. I appreciate your stopping by to read and leave your comments.

    • THEHuG5 profile image

      THEHuG5 

      8 years ago

      I definitely cut back on the soda these days. I remember one time in high school I lost 10 pounds just by not drinking soda for a month and drinking water instead. Very informative. Voted up!

    • tammyswallow profile image

      Tammy 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      This hub explains a lot. The last thing I want to drink when I am mowing the lawn when it is 100 degrees outside is a soda. It ends up making me more thirsty. Great hub with some smart tips.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Victoria, I totally agree that carbonated drinks are easier on the taste buds than plain water. An indulgence, once in a while, is surely okay.

      Thanks for reading, voting and appreciating the write up.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      8 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great info, rajan! I need to drink more water, but sometimes I just love that carbonated soda! I guess everything in moderation might be okay. Voted your hub up, useful, and awesome!

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      RealHousewife, traditional drinks are still the best and will ever remain so. Our increasing dependence on commercially manufactured drinks and food is the cause of our increasing health problems.

      Thanks for reading and leaving your comments. Much appreciated.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      @ Sally's Trove, I have always believed that our parents knew more in their ignorance than we know in our knowledge today. I appreciate your observations and input.

      Thanks for taking out time to read.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I didn't know - but I had a feeling that stuff couldn't be good for you - what's that old saying? "if it's too good to be true - it usually is?" lol

      And caffeine can stay in your system for up to about 10 hours - many people do not realize how long aftter they drink it - it will affect their sleep...I was really glad you pointed that out too!

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      Sherri 

      8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I gave up carbonated beverages a very long time ago, except for an occasional ginger ale over ice because I love the taste. Like anglnwu, I was taught well by my mother. We never had sodas in the house. Water was always the first beverage choice.

      Your message in this hub can't be passed along enough. Commercial fruit juices, energy drinks, and sodas take a long-term toll on our bodies. Up, useful, and I wish "important" were a vote choice.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      alocsin, I appreciate your input and the comments. Thanks for being here.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      anglnwu, thanks for your observations. I appreciate the read and comments.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Well, they do quench MY thirst ;) I drink diet soda though. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      Lots of great information. I'm glad that I'm not a fan of soda, fizzly drinks. You can say my mom taught me well--she was not a fan of them either and often talk about how harmful they can be. Thanks for showing alternative choices.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Jaswinder, thanks for reading and liking the hubs. I really appreciate your comments.

      Thanks.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      jenubouka, thanks for this information. The following link is very informative.

      http://www.unhinderedliving.com/soda.html

      Thanks for reading and sharing this bit of info.

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      jaswinder64 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada.

      Beautiful article. I read and have seen your many articles. You are a good writer.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      robie2, Green tea or any of the teas are good if taken iced or just steeped in hot water. It feels good to hear this. Thanks for stopping by and appreciating.

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      jenubouka 

      8 years ago

      Awesome article Rajan! I have become favorable to the fizzy drinks but only allow myself one can a day. I love your alternative drinks, especially the coconut. Coca-Cola has a "statement" on their cases of soda stating that "sparkling beverages do hydrate." Can you believe that?! I am surprised they have not got slapped for that statement.

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      Roberta Kyle 

      8 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Good advice here I gave up sodas and particularly diet sodas years ago and never looked back. Today I am a green tea kind of girl-- like it iced as well as hot. Great hub

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Rain Defence, you must be feeling a world of difference by staying away from the caffeine drinks. The alternative drinks will also pack a healthy punch.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      cloverleaffarm, these drinks might taste a bit different if you haven't tried them before but sure pack a healthy punch as well. Thanks for the read and appreciation. I appreciate your visit.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Christy, having these beverages for a change is, maybe, okay. It really is a cause of concern when when we get hooked on them.

      Thanks for giving this write up a read. Much appreciated.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      QudsiaP, thanks for reading.

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      Rain Defence 

      8 years ago from UK

      I used to live on caffeine drinks, but I hate the feeling of getting the shakes so don't really do it nowadays so much.

      MMm just the thought of mango juice has meant I've got to go and get myself a drink right now.

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      Healing Herbalist 

      8 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Great hub. Going to have to try the ginger lime water and the Lassi. Thanks for sharing.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an eye-opener Rajan. I admit that I do like some sodas and even crave them occasionally. The amount of sugar is huge! You have great reasons here to cut back on the intake. Thanks for the great hub

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      QudsiaP1 

      8 years ago

      Very informative, thank you for sharing. :)

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